Awarded to Nomensa Ltd

Start date: Saturday 9 May 2020
Value: £1,110,000
Company size: SME
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (The "IICSA")

IICSA: 1188 Website Services

10 Incomplete applications

9 SME, 1 large

4 Completed applications

4 SME, 0 large

Important dates

Thursday 23 January 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Thursday 30 January 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Thursday 6 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
The IICSA requires Website Services capability, ranging from Design to User Experience Testing and Development to help deliver an effective and accessible website in line with the IICSA mission. This includes embracing a culture of collaborative working that leads to successful outcomes, meets user needs and represents value for money.
Latest start date
Monday 30 March 2020
Expected contract length
2 years
No specific location, for example they can work remotely
Organisation the work is for
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (The "IICSA")
Budget range

About the work

Why the work is being done
The IICSA run two websites ( & to showcase its ongoing activities, invite people to join in our work and present specific events such as public hearings. The website is at the centre of a busy communication strategy. As such, the website is very dynamic. A variety of changes are introduced regularly that require design, development, testing and user experience testing as part of the validation process.
The IICSA also run a secure webform for submissions which will require support and maintenance.
Problem to be solved
The IICSA need a supplier to deliver outcomes based on user needs, Digital Service Standards and Public Sector website guidelines. The full suite of Design, Development and User Experience Testing will be needed throughout a 24 month pipeline of work that includes:
1. Develop, test/QA, deploy code and control access to all parts including the CMS.
2. Maintain, support and keep up to date all underpinning technology and associated security.
3. Manage ad hoc user research and make recommendations.
4. Maintain the style guide and provide wireframes, illustrations and functionalities for approval.
5. Support/advise and plan the eventual conclusion of the Inquiry website.
6. Support and maintenance of the secure webform for submissions.
7. Assist the inquiry for other requests as necessary.
Who the users are and what they need to do
As a Website Manager, I need to understand what users want from the website so that we can make their visit, not only effective (i.e they get what they need), but also accessible and user friendly (i.e they do not have any access issues and can navigate intuitively).
As a Website Project Manager, I need to rely on expertise to design and develop website features so that we can showcase the IICSA activity and information in the best possible, and most accessible manner.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
The IICSA website has been live for 4 years and can be viewed at
The secondary site, has been live for 2 years and is primarily used to drive participation from V&S in the Inquiry.
User research has been conducted regularly.
The IICSA also run a secure webform for submissions which will require support and maintenance.
The IICSA have been working with an incumbent supplier for several years to undertake the delivery and maintenance of the above sites.
Existing team
The main contact from the IICSA, will be the Webmaster and the Project Manager.
Typically, interactions will involve the Web Editor, a Business Analyst, a Project Manager (who is also the Contract Manager), and direct liaison with the IICSA's website hosting supplier.
The IICSA has a working relationship with an incumbent supplier who works collaboratively with the resources appointed by the IICSA.
Current phase

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
It is anticipated that most work can be completed remotely but should work need to be done on site, the location required is London.
Working arrangements
The IICSA work primarily in an agile environment. For this reason, the supplier is expected to attend regular stand up calls and regular service review meetings.
The IICSA staff also work digitally and remotely, it is therefore anticipated that most discussions will be held by virtual mechanisms (call, video conference, instant messaging etc.).
Security clearance
The successful supplier must have capacity to provide sufficiently security cleared staff. For resilience purposes, two appropriately security cleared staff under each role are required at a minimum.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • Evidence of developing and maintaining websites content using Drupal, and applications using Python and Google Apps Engine.
  • Evidence of demonstrating strict code control and adherence to formal release process.
  • Evidence of developing and maintaining websites meeting wide compatibility needs on multiple platforms and browsers.
  • Ability to follow Government Guidance
  • Proven ability of managing an access control Content Management System.
  • Experience of designing and developing a website according to user needs including usability for people with low digital skills, providing designs, imagery and illustrations based on user needs and feedback.
  • Ability to ensure design/functionality meets Level AA of the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
  • Ability to apply maintenance and security patches on an agreed timetable.
  • Ability to scope, run and manage user research sessions (including participants recruitment and logistics management) and to provide written recommendations leading to successful website redesign/creation.
  • Ability to develop 'secure by design'.
  • Ability to provide proactive recommendations to improve website behaviour (best practice, SEO, etc.).
  • Ability to provide content translation in Welsh.
  • Ability to provide audiovisual media management/creation.
  • Ability to make use of analytical reports to make recommendations about user experience and website design.
  • Ability to adhere, design and develop in line with client’s Marketing strategies and brand management e.g. producing supporting branded material (for instance PDF, reports, templates, etc).
  • Ability to assist with gathering and prioritising requirements.
  • Commitment to providing support out of normal office hours on request (with sufficient advance notice).
  • Commitment to the production of a Service Level Agreement setting out availability and response times (for both development of site and ongoing support).
  • Experience of assisting with Social Media and Analytics management.
  • Ability to provide a valid ISO27001 security accreditation and Cyber Essentials accreditation.
Nice-to-have skills and experience

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a written proposal.

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • Outline your approach to development and coding.
  • Outline your approach to maintaining and supporting the technology listed in essential skills.
  • Outline your approach to running and managing user research.
  • Outline your approach to collaborating with the Inquiry and in particular maintaining the design guidelines.
  • Outline your approach to working with the Inquiry on ad-hoc projects, including when urgent requests come in.
  • Provide an overview of your end to end development lifecycle including design, code control, testing, release management, etc. especially focusing on the security aspects.
  • Please outline the core teams, including CV's, for each of the DOS capabilities. Costs for the core teams should be provided in the pricing schedule.
  • Please outline your approach, where relevant and appropriate, to the 14 security principles listed by the NSCS:
  • Overall costs and value for money of proposal
  • Overall approach and methodology and how it addresses the essential skills and criteria
Cultural fit criteria
  • Work as a team with our organisation and other suppliers as necessary.
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions.
  • Conduct lessons learned and strive to improve existing processes.
  • Experience of working using appropriate project methodology (such as Agile for instance joining daily stand-up calls).
  • Be able to proactively provide advice based on industry best practice as well as applicable regulations.
  • Behave professionally and strive for excellence.
  • Be solution focused rather than commercially minded (
  • Adhere to processes and always seeks approval from Inquiry before effecting any changes.
  • Track record of delivering project to time, quality and budgetary constraints and standards.
Payment approach
Capped time and materials
Additional assessment methods
  • Reference
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Question: Is there a reason for going to market for a new supplier if there is an existing supplier in place?
Answer: The incumbent supplier was procured via DOS which only allows for 24 month contracts to be put in place. The IICSA requirement is ongoing and therefore, the IICSA is completing a further DOS process.
2. Question: What level of security clearance is required?
Answer: Administrative roles such as developers will require SC clearance. Other roles such as UX, Design and Project Management will require CTC clearance.
3. Question: Which roles are you expecting the supplier to provide?
IICSA require a member of staff for each of the following roles and assurance from the supplier that an alternative staff member will be available as a ‘back up’ for each role for resilience:
Project manager
Senior UX designer
Python developer
Senior web developer (front end)
Quality Assurance/Tester
Social Media/Google Analytics consultant
Senior Drupal application developer (back end)
Project director
Content loader
System admin
4. Question: What is the allocated budget for this requirement?
Answer: £555,000.00 per annum
5. Question: Will IICSA sponsor to get security clearances?
Answer: Administrative roles and technical roles require a minimum of SC, to ensure a smooth transition from the incumbent supplier. However, the IICSA will sponsor security clearance to the required level to ensure resilience.